For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Mashiach. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works. QORINTIYM SHENIY (2 CORINTHIANS) 11:13-15 את CEPHER. In the United States, about six-in-ten Catholics (61%) said in a 2019 survey that they favor allowing gays and lesbians to marry. Same-sex marriage became legal across the U.S.following a Supreme Court ruling in 2015. In Western Europe, large majorities of Catholics said in 2017 that they support legal same-sex marriage. That was the case in the Netherlands (92%), the United Kingdom (78%), France (74%) and Germany (70%). Same-sex marriage is legal in most of the Western European countries surveyed. In Switzerland and Italy – which allow civil unions but not marriage for gay couples – 76% and 57% of Catholics, respectively, said in 2017 that they support gay marriage. On the other hand, in almost all of the Central and Eastern European countries surveyed by the Center in 2015 and 2016, most Catholics oppose same-sex marriage. Nine-in-ten Catholics in Ukraine said same-sex marriage should be illegal, as did 66% of Catholics in Hungary and 62% of Catholics in Poland. Most nations in Central and Eastern Europe do not allow legal same-sex unions of any kind.
In 2003, The Vatican issued a 12-page set of guidelines with the approval of Pope John Paul II to hamper the movement within the Catholic Church granting legal rights to homosexual unions in Europe and North America. The pope was under extreme pressure to allow same sex marriage so instead of caving in, Pope John Paul wrote that "Marriage exists solely between a man and woman, marriage is holy, while homosexual acts go against the natural moral law. Legal recognition of homosexual unions or placing them on the same level as marriage would mean not only the approval of deviant behavior but would also obscure basic values which belong to the common inheritance of humanity." Many Catholic parishioners after hearing the condemnation from the Pope, started to attach the warnings of the apostle Paul to the movement that was happening outside the church when Paul said; Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the incorruptible Elohiym into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. Wherefore Elohiym also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonor their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the Truth of Elohiym into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amein. For this cause Elohiym gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence
of their error which was meet. ROMAIYM (ROMANS) 1:22-27 את CEPHER.
The document which calls on Roman Catholic lawmakers to vote against bills legalizing gay marriage, and where they already exist, work towards repealing them."To vote in favor of a law so harmful to the common good is gravely immoral," the document goes on th state. It was the second time in 2003 that the Vatican issued the instruction, and was similar to the comments made by U.S. President George W. Bush when he said : "I believe marriage is between a man and a woman, and I think we ought to codify that one way or another however, America should remain a "welcoming country" not polarized on the issue of homosexuality."I am mindful that we're all sinners, and I caution those who may try to take the speck out of the neighbor's eye when they got a log in their own," he said, invoking a biblical passage from the Gospel of St. Matthew. "I think it is important for our society to respect each individual, to welcome those with good hearts," the president said. But, he added, "That does not mean that someone like me needs to compromise on the issue of marriage. Immediately, Proponents for same sex marriage went on a campaign attacking the comments President Bush made saying "While we respect President Bush's religious views, it is unbecoming of the president of the United States to characterize same-sex couples as 'sinners,"' said Matt Foreman, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force's executive director. "It's also sad that, at a moment in history that cries out for leadership and moral courage, President Bush has instead opted for the divisive, anti-gay politics of the past." The Human Rights Campaign, which says it is the nation's largest gay and lesbian political group, called Mr. Bush's exploration of a law on gay marriage a "call to codify discrimination."
The 76-year-old Jesuit Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Jorge Mario Bergoglio remains one of the Catholic Church most loved Popes who is deeply loved by his diocese. Throughout his episcopal ministry, he has reiterated that “My people are poor and I am one of them”, explaining his decision to live in an apartment and cook his own supper. He has always advised his priests to show mercy and apostolic courage and to keep their doors open to everyone. The worst thing that could happen to the Church, he has said “is what de Lubac called spiritual worldliness”, which means, “being self-centred”. And when he speaks of social justice, he calls people first of all to pick up the Catechism, to rediscover the Ten Commandments and the Beatitudes. Priests Are Approved To Marry After Ban Is Lifted. His project is simple: if you follow Christ, you understand that “trampling upon a person’s dignity is a serious sin”.Pope Francis formally approved letting Catholic priests bless same-sex couples. A radical shift from Pope John Paul at making the church more liberal and less conservative while maintaining its strict ban on gay marriage. The Pope statement was heralded within the gay community and proponents of same sex marriage as a blessing from god condoning their lifestyle and erasing the discrimination within the Catholic Church, some LGBTQ+ advocates still complain that the church has a long way to go towards equality and Catholic parishioners still view gay couples inferior to heterosexual partnerships.
The document issued from Pope Francis sent to two conservative cardinals published this year, suggested such blessings could be offered under some circumstances if the blessings weren’t confused with the ritual of marriage. In America, the battlefield over same-sex marriage rages on with conservative politicians and a majority on the supreme court taking a second examination of the rights of same-sex couples and the repealing of same-sex marriage. Religious Activists like Anita Bryant, Jerry Falwell and James Dobson characterized homosexuality as a threat to traditional family life. When the Supreme Court ruled in Obergefell v. Hodges in 2015, the head of the Family Research Council, Tony Perkins, initially warned that the case would be “the downfall of America.” The evangelist Franklin Graham said that the country had “taken a nosedive off of the moral diving board into the cesspool of humanity. The fight for acceptance within America has shifted from the early 2000s, with about 60 percent of Americans with strong opposition to gay marriage bombarded with political ads and religious denominations openly accepting same-sex lifestyles contrary to conservative views. Many Christians, including young evangelicals. favored same-sex marriage, compared to about a quarter of older white evangelicals. Please let us know regarding your feelings about the same-sex movement with your comments and come fellowship with us every Saturday at the Yahuah assembly in Oakland California.